Nukalurk wrote:It’s surely still useful in other countries like Kazakhstan.
Many former SU countries are rushing to join the NATO, and their new master promotes the usage of English, of course.
It is a very funny statement because almost everybody learnt English in the soviet "union" at least since AD 1980s; at least 5 years at school (maximum: 10 years); "high" education means from 5 to 6 years of learning English too. For sovien "PhDs" English was a must! (At AD 1980s it became a typical to have "high" education so the soviet "high" education is not the same that normal high education). So in the soviet "union" it was a typical to learn English* 10 years in average. (Be shure: "Nukalurk" knows all that stuff -- it is "normal" for soviets to call black "white" and vice versa!)
To know English really
is not OK for soviets. To "know" English to be a spy is OK, because führer's command is mandatory for soviets; they call it "to have the tsar in the head"!!
*Also there were French and German. Before WWII there were only French and German. We even have a Chinese school at Kyiv!!!